Peter Snowden is expecting talented colt Limes to produce an improved showing in today’s 2012 Spring Stakes (1600m) after a disappointing effort in the Ming Dynasty.
After winning first-up at Gosford, the son of Commands struggled in better company to finish eighth and four lengths off the pace in the Listed test at Warwick Farm.
Snowden is hoping the addition of winkers can help reclaim some of his two-year-old form which saw him finish third in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes and just two lengths off Pierro when third in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“It’s just a bit of application to his job I think he’s lacking and being a colt they can get a bit quirky,” Snowden said.
“I’m hoping the winkers are all he needs to get that out of him.”
Limes is rated a $13.00 chance to win on Saturday with stablemate Proverb ($5.50) the second favourite behind the odds-on Proisir ($1.45).
But Snowden doesn’t necessarily believe the market tells the story and suggested that a fully switched on Limes would have too much talent for his more highly-rated stablemate.
“If the real Limes turns up I’d have him in front of Proverb,” he said.
Limes has won just once from seven starts but has placed on another three occasions and will be ridden from barrier four with Peter Robl aboard today.
Proverb is coming off a strong runner-up finish in the Ming Dynasty and will have the services of Darley number one jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
The other highlight on the first day of the Newcastle Cup carnival is the Group 3 Cameron Handicap with the Newcastle Cup and Tibbie Stakes to take place tomorrow.